Johann Nepomuk Ender - Buy or sell works
3 November 1793, Vienna (Austria) - 16 March 1854, Vienna (Austria)
Johann Nepomuk Ender specialised in portrait painting throughout his artistic career. Ender mainly depicted elegantly dressed and bespangled noblewomen. The graceful positioning of the hands and the exaggeratedly long fingers are hallmarks of his portraits of women.
He began his studies at the Vienna University of Applied Arts under Hubert Mauerer, Johann Baptist Lampi the Elder, Franz Caucig and Heinrich Füger in 1807. He was a successful portrait painter during his period in Vienna from 1815-1817.
In June 1818, he accepted the invitation to join Count István Széchenyi on a journey to Greece, Italy and the Near East. The journey proved a blessing to the young artist for two reasons: first, the sketches and studies he produced during this period laid the foundation for his paintings in oil. Second, the contacts he made allowed him to travel and study in Italy. Ender received a fellowship from the Vienna University to continue his education in Rome from 1820 onward, where he mainly studied Raphael. In addition to portraits, he also produced historical and religious paintings.
Afterwards, he returned to his home city in 1826, picking up where he left off as a sought-after portrait painter for respected figures at Court in Vienna and among the aristocracy.
Ender’s paintings were extremely popular due to their exceptional likeness of the person depicted and their eye-catching vivacity, but he also produced copperplates in addition to his oil paintings. He was Professor for Historical Painting at the Vienna University of Applied Arts from 1829-1850. One of his portraits of Ferdinand I. graced the walls of the Imperial Halls at the Römer in Frankfurt from 1839-1841. He travelled to Germany, Belgium, England and France in 1845.
He died 1854 in Vienna, during preparatory work on a series of frescoes for the Mariazell Basilica.